Hello, Its Me! I'm Here and Still Alive!

Hello, its me! I'm here and still alive!

A few weeks ago I received the reminder from Squarespace that it was time to renew my annual subscription. 

(Last year I switched this site from a self-hosted Wordpress site to a Squarespace one).

Although I have been absent from this site, there was not a question in my mind about whether I would renew it or not! I may have a new website where I'm spending my time (more on that in a second), but this site is my home, my personal space that I've had for almost *nine* years!

If you've been following for a while, then you know this space to be where I shared my ups and downs on running, fitness and training for races. I've taken a big step back from doing that for the past three years. 

For the past year, I stopped all intense cardio activity focusing exclusively on Pilates and strength training. I've still done cardio in the form of swimming, rowing and yes, still running, but in very light intensities. A few years ago I would have considered it just a warm-up. But the step back was necessary to recover - truly recover - from Adrenal Fatigue. 

While I talked about having Adrenal Fatigue in the past, I really did not get into the messy details. I'm going to start doing that - on my health coaching site.

In this post that I published in March 2015, I shared how I enrolled to attend the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. At the time, I didn't quite understand what I would do with that education, but having Adrenal Fatigue was the catalyst that pushed me to enroll.

This past March I completed my studies and became a board-certified Integrative Health Coach! And I've started a holistic health coaching practice! I wanted a fresh start, a brand new platform to build a business on - and that's where I've been spending my time - at Live FAB Life.

I've spent hundreds of hours studying on branding, starting a business, crafting content, and even social media! That seems funny being that I've been active on social media since the days of MySpace! But using social media as a business owner is VERY different than using it as a consumer. It's very confusing, mind-boggling and most of the time I have no idea what I'm doing. But I'll never learn until I try.

Which brings me to what now? What I used to write about on this site, I'm now writing about on Live FAB Life. I'm slowly starting to get into cardio shape again, which means the running diaries will be returning (either via blog posts, or FB Live videos on my FB business page and my FB group).

So what am I going to write about on this site?

I've been actively working on creating a life of intention. Less clutter, more purpose, meaning, and mindfulness. As Jess Lively always says, "Live a life of intention" and "Listen to your intuition over your ego."

A year ago, that's what I wanted to write about here. But here's the thing - it's *really* personal stuff and at times, difficult for me to convey through words.

But over the past year, I've been able to really delve deep into this transformation process through trying to start a business. And what I've learned is that if you ever want to "peel back the layers" starting a business is the best way to really get to know yourself and work on personal development.

And that, my friends, is what you can expect to read (or watch!) more about here. I need a place where I can share "behind-the-scenes" and lessons learned as I build my health coaching practice. 

I realize this is an 180-degree pivot from what I used to write about. But if you're a long-time reader I hope we've made a personal enough connection where you'll want to come along with me on my journey.

And if you're still interested in reading about my running stories, and learning more about real food and clean living practices, you'll also come along and join me at my new home. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into building it.

One of the {many} ways I've recently challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone is by recording videos, doing webinars and live streams on Facebook. 

Gosh, just six weeks ago the thought of doing these things terrified me. But I forced myself to do it, and I have to say, it's been pretty rewarding. And dare I say now that I love it!

So here's a video I recorded for you last night:

I hadn't intended on writing this many words in this post. But after I recorded the video I got a bit of cold feet about posting it. So I decided to sleep on it. 

When I woke up this morning I was inspired to write. These words just flowed. Like the video, written in one take - no editing (that's the beauty of a personal blog vs a business-focused blog where those posts take me DAYS to write!).

I'm not going to do any promotion of blog posts on this site (I never did before), so if by chance you're reading this, thanks for reading! 

I appreciate you!